Preparing our Hearts to Worship
In an effort to help you prepare for the March 24, 2019, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on What God wants us to Believe, Do, and Become.I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “Prayer – a Way of Life”.The main Scriptures for the day are Philippians 4:4-7 & Colossians 4:2-4.
(Pick and choose from the many resources and options, which I have tried to make available for your devotional life.)
From the Scriptures
Please read through Chapter 12 of Believethis week, this is an edited selection of Scriptures from the NIV that seeks to show how certain beliefs, ways of living and character qualities are elaborated upon throughout all of Scripture.
You may also like to read and reflect upon Philippians 4:4-7, Colossians 4:2-4; Is 56:6-7, 1Pet 2:5, 1Cor 3:16, Eph 6:18, 1Tim 2:1-4, 4:5, 2Ki 20:1-11, Mt 26:41.
From the Creeds and Confessions
Heidelberg Catechism Q116-118
Q116 Why is prayer necessary for Christians?
Because it is the chief part of the thankfulness which God requires of us, and because God will give his grace and Holy Spirit to those only who with hearty sighing unceasingly beg them of him and thank him for them.
Q117 What belongs to such prayer as God is pleased with and will hear?
First, that from the heart we call upon the one true God only, who has revealed himself in his Word, for all he has commanded us to ask of him; second, that we right thoroughly know our need and misery, in order to humble ourselves before the face of his majesty; third, that we be firmly assured that, notwithstanding we are unworthy of it, he will, for the sake of Christ our Lord, certainly hear our prayer as he has promised us in his Word.
Q118 What has God commanded us to ask of him?
All things necessary for soul and body, which Christ our Lord has comprised in the prayer he himself has taught us.
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
What if His people Prayed (Casting Crowns): Lyrics, Video
Hear our Prayer (Greg Cooper): Lyrics & Video
The Lord’s Prayer (Hillsong United):Lyrics, Video
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
Read and reflect upon What it really means to rejoice in the Lord always.
The Sermon will be available online on March 24, 2019 at 12:30 pm.
Disclaimer: Reference to a particular article or website does not constitute endorsement or agreement with everything in that article or on that website.
A Weekly set of resources to help Prepare our Hearts for Worship: includes Scripture passages, Confessional documents, Songs and articles to reflect upon.